April 7, 2014

Always Sailing Fast at Sailfest


With diverse wind conditions, warm water, and sunny weather, the Sarasota Sailfest is always a great regatta that provides racing opportunities in several classes ranging from the Optimist Dinghy to the newly adopted multihull class. This year's event was as successful as it has been in the past and we were able to get 6 races completed over the course of two days. We were postponed on shore Saturday until noon when the classic Sarasota sea-breeze began to build. This was to my advantage as my crew, Sam Armington, had to take a school exam in the morning and luckily we did not miss any races. Saturday's wind conditions were light and variable, shifting direction drastically several times during racing. We pushed to get four races off and ended up sailing late into the day, coming to shore at about 5:30 pm. On Sunday the breeze filled in much earlier and with substantially more velocity. There was a decent amount of carnage on the multihull course during both of Sunday's races, but thankfully there were no major injuries or damage to equipment. After two long days of racing in both light and heavy wind conditions with varying sea states, Sam and I were able to win all six races of the regatta and capture first place.

March 30, 2014

Boston University!

I am very excited to say that I am planning on attending Boston University next year! I have been accepted into the College of Engineering and am very interested in studying aerospace, materials, or mechanical engineering. I'm looking forward to spending my next four years studying and sailing at the collegiate level in the bustling city of Boston.

March 20, 2014

2014 ISAF Youth Worlds

My teammate Nico Schultz and I have been officially named to the 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds Team and will be sailing in this event in Tavira, Portugal. This summer Nico and I will travel to Europe, meet up with ten other sailors that will also be representing Team USA, and compete in the most prestigious youth sailing event in the world. Each country that is able to support a team sends sailors to race in different boats including the Laser, I420, 29er, RS:X, and SL16. This will be my second year at the event and I will bring experience as well as a matured perspective that will hopefully be of benefit to all members of Team USA.

March 16, 2014

Back to Miami Again



It has been a few weeks since my last post but I have been very busy with my sailing and scholastic activities! I spent a large portion of last week in Miami sailing on the Olympic class Nacra 17. This boat has curved centerboards, a carbon mast, and other features from fast cats such as the F16 and F18. I also had the opportunity to train against other American and international sailors with Olympic ambitions which proved highly beneficial both on the water and in our daily debriefs after sailing. The conditions in the Atlantic Ocean were excellent all week with a strong onshore breeze the first two days of training shifting to a stronger offshore breeze during the final day of training. The combination of deep blue water and strong gusty wind created rough conditions and big waves that posed a challenge for even the most experienced sailors. In addition to training among other Nacra 17s, I was able to sail around a few TP52s that were heading to their race course. Unfortunately, these boats were much faster than our small catamarans in the ocean's rough conditions and passed us very easily. By the end of the week I had improved upon several of my boathandling, tactical, and communication skills as well as formulated a training and competition schedule for the upcoming months. Now that I am back on my regular school and sailing schedule I will continue to update this blog at more regular intervals.

March 1, 2014

Interviews with the Lead Pack

I recently found this article on the United States Formula 18 Association website about an interview from the F18 Americas Championship last year. Apparently I now have the nickname Ravi "The Young Gun" Parent! The original article can be found here. The USF18 class site has excellent organization and sections for viewing ads, tuning tips, purchasing F18 merchandise, and other related subjects.

Interviews with the lead pack: Ravi (The Young Gun) Parent

What is (are) your name(s), and where do you sail?
Ravi Parent, I sail in Sarasota, FL on the Sarasota Bay.

How long have you been sailing F18s?
RP:  I have been sailing F18's for 3 years now, starting in the middle of my freshman year in high school.

Did you do anything special to prepare for the 2013 F18 Americas Championship?
RP:  I trained twice a week in multihulls, F18s and F18s, and two additional days in monohulls in order to perfect boat-handling maneuvers and learn the wind patterns of the bay. I also train [in the gym] 6 days a week in order to keep myself in peak physical condition which proved helpful on the windy days. Over the summer I traveled to three high caliber multihull regattas in order to gain big line starting experience, battle against other top teams, and re-learn wind patterns in different venues.

February 22, 2014

Resume

I am going to keep an updated copy of my resume attached to my blog profile. This will help present the information on this site's resume tab in a more formal and concise manner. The PDF file for my personal resume is here.

Several changes to the layout and links in this block have been made so have a look around and explore the differences!

February 19, 2014

Club 420 Midwinters


The importance of cross training and diversification cannot be stressed enough when it comes to sailing. Every single skill required to sail a boat efficiently on the race course cannot be perfected in one single type of boat; therefore it is necessary to sail in different fleets. I have decided to spend some time in the 420 in order to work on my tactics and wind prediction. Since these boats do not sail as quickly as the F16 and F18 catamarans I am able to pay close attention to the wind shifts and spend more time in boat-on-boat situations.

February 10, 2014

Charlotte Harbor Regatta


The skills involved in making tactical decisions, creating long distance strategies, and  managing a large fleet cannot be fully developed anywhere other than out on the actual race course. I make it a priority to spend as much time possible competing in regattas, no matter how big or small the event, in order to gain experience in these situations. This past weekend was spent racing in the annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta and even though the F18 fleet only had nine boats on the starting line this regatta still provided exposure to long course racing and difficult tactical situations. The wind from Friday through Sunday remained consistently light. Every morning a thick fog covered the mainland and even the entire racecourse Saturday morning. As the day began heating up the wind would die off and change direction to the North. These unstable atmospheric conditions provided shifty breeze that would at times appear unpredictable, but this made for several lead changes and kept the racing exciting. After three long days of sailing and a total of 9 races Sam and I came out on top as the first F18 overall, winning seven of our ten races.

February 3, 2014

Viper Training

Check out this video of some training in the Viper F16! It shows what we love to do every day. The video was filmed and edited by Dalton Tebo.

The link is here.

January 26, 2014

Expanding Into Social Media

I am learning the importance of networking and communication to an athlete as I travel to national and international regattas and have decided to create a Twitter account to help represent this site. This will be updated more frequently about smaller accomplishments, endeavors, and activities in which I partake as well as provide links back to this site. If you are interested in following my RPSailing Twitter page the link can be found here!